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Letters for April 23, 2022

UPDATED: Mon., April 25, 2022

That is the job, Joe!

In case anybody has simply forgotten? WE are a nuclear power. To end WWII our president established a threat. That’s the job. No one had ever seen threat like our president established. Our commander in chief dropped one on a Japanese city and they hesitated. The president repeated it. That’s his job. A horrible thing. Now Japan and the world saw the threat our president commands. Everybody’s choice going forward became: live peacefully or risk annihilation. That’s the job.

After WWII the USSR got the bomb, too, and the Cold War standoff began. MAD became the policy. Mutually Assured Destruction worked … speaking the MAD threat kept world peace! That’s the job, Joe.

The USSR dissolved after Reagan spoke it. That’s the job. A remnant of the “glorious” USSR wants to re-establish a USSR-imagined “glory” … carried in his maniacal brain. Our leader appears to forget that WE are a nuclear power. It’s his job to speak MAD. It’s Biden’s job, the same as Truman, JFK, Reagan and all presidents speak MAD to maniacs of their respective eras.

Withdraw or MAD will eliminate your “glorious” memories … or … live peacefully in your motherland.

Communicating MAD is the job. Stand up and perform the job we hired you for. Remember that speaking the threat works.

Innocents suffering from this maniac’s slaughters and the rest of the world want a U.S. presidential backbone and accomplishment of your speaking job, Joe.

Frank Percy


Drug abuse among teens

In the city of Spokane through our communities like Seven Mile, Indian Trail, Hillyard, Corbin, and many others there is a major issue. This major issue that I am talking about is drug addiction among teens. Over the past few years, I have seen this issue firsthand, kids using and getting addicted to drugs. Some of these kids and students that do these drugs are introduced to them via the people they spend time together with, so these students are getting peer pressured into trying these drugs then soon get addicted. First you must know the drugs that they are getting their hands on, they are drugs such as nicotine, marijuana and opioids.

What I see that needs to be done is awareness to this. If we as a community bring awareness to this, then our youth will understand the consequences and dangers of using these highly addictive drugs. With our youth knowing the dangers of these drugs this will hopefully drive them away from trying theses drugs, and more willing to say no to them.

These drugs are sweeping and taking over our youth and is beginning to become a major issue and problem that needs to be solved before it gets worse.

Zachary Roubideaux


Near nature, far from perfect

Spokane likes to brag about its reputation of being a great place to enjoy and be close to the great outdoors. However, the problem of getting to the outdoors in the Spokane area can frequently be extremely costly when someone breaks out your vehicle’s windows and steals everything.

Even if you leave nothing inside of value, this can still end up costing you several hundred dollars to repair the window damage and the perpetrators often steal your car. How do I know this? I recently talked to park rangers at the city of Spokane and Spokane County whose jobs are to patrol the boat launches at Harvard Road and Islands Trailhead on the Spokane River. They told me they were sorry to have to say this, however, it just isn’t safe to leave your vehicle at either of these parking lots or at many other nearby trail and boat ramp parking lots due to frequent vehicle break-ins and auto theft.

Call your local politicians and recreation managers and ask them to install more video surveillance cameras at recreation sites like the new Phillips Creek trailhead has in Spokane Valley. You may also want to participate in agency meetings and provide your input. A lack of action promotes the status quo. Why promote our natural resources if we can’t safely use them?

Kelly Courtright


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